Definition of arse in English:



vulgar slang
  • 1A person's buttocks or anus.

    backside, behind, seat, rump, rear, rear end
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  • 2A stupid, irritating, or contemptible person.

    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
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vulgar slang
  • 1arse about/aroundno object Behave in a stupid way; waste time.

  • 2arse something upwith object Make a botched attempt at something.

  • 3can't be arsedNot want to do something because one has no interest in or enthusiasm for it.


  • arse about face

    • vulgar slang Contrary to what is usual, expected, or logical.

      ‘he felt disoriented: everything seemed to be arse about face’
  • arse over tit

    • vulgar slang So as to fall over in a sudden or dramatic way.

  • get off one's arse

    • vulgar slang Stop being lazy.

  • get one's arse into gear

    • vulgar slang Start to do something with energy, determination, or speed.

  • my arse!

    • vulgar slang Used to convey that one does not believe something that has just been said.

  • not know one's arse from one's elbow

    • vulgar slang Be totally ignorant or incompetent.

  • talk out of one's arse

    • vulgar slang Talk rubbish.

  • up your arse!

    • vulgar slang Used to express contempt for someone or something.


Old English ærs, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aars and German Arsch. See also ass.